May 1st, 2010
04:27 PM ET

Congressman arrested at immigration rally

Police arrested Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez at an immigration rally outside the White House on Saturday.
Gutierrez, a Democrat, was among a group of protesters arrested by police in front of the White House.
The protesters wore T-shirts that read, "ARREST ME NOT MY FAMILY" and "ARREST ME NOT MY FRIENDS."

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  1. Galaxyj

    Dear Erica, May 3rd, 2010, you obviously have NOT read your history book. Intentional racial profiling for the purpose of singling out people of a race or ethnicity in order to hurt them is very different from singling out people who are criminal and illegally in our country.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Danny

    The only reason illegals are here now is because politicians are afraid to do anything. They are afraid of losing the hispanic vote. They are a bunch of power hungry good for nothing cowards who's only purpose is life is power in Washington. When was the last time you saw the government do anything good for the country. Obama made all those promises during his campaign about transparency and so many other things and all he did was lie. Lood at all the backroom deals on health care. I am ashamed of our government; we need the republicans back in power. The current administration is trying at break neck speed to turn this country into a socialist european state so they can control the people. AS FAR AS BEING ILLEGAL IN THIS COUNTRY; YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS AND IF YOU WANT TO LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY THEN YOU SHOULD GET IN LINE BEHIND OTHER PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING TO BECOME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN. BETTER YET; SINCE YOU ARE ILLEGAL GET THE HECK OUT OF THIS COUNTRY; YOU ARE BREAKING THE LAW AND SHOULD GO TO JAIL.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. Danny

    This talk about racial profiling is a bunch of garbage and just an excuse to make noise about being here illegally. If you are a Mexican here legally why should you care if you are asked to show your papers; if it will help the country by getting out illegals then you should have no problem with this. I think the majority of the noise we are hearing is from illegals.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. ramon e gonzalez

    as a retired military born rasied and educated in this country.I have fought in wars this country ordered me to. When we could not get our way we came back.In doing so we had millions of people
    follow us.No papers of any kind. They were wlocomed no questions asked. The were given finacial aid
    and homes means to start a new life. I did not hear any complaints from anyone. Do we have to get
    into a military conflict with Mexico and other latin American countries to do the same.We did it with Cuba so what is the difference?

    May 3, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  5. D

    The law itself has been revisited and for good reason. I have family that live in another country in Europe and they too face a 10 year process if they want to come here legally. Though i am not Hispanic i can understand the difficulties that have to be faced to get here in a legal fashion. The real issue is profiling in order to ensure those that are here illegally get addressed. As a member of law enforcement i can tell you that it would be near impossible to enforce the Arizona law as originally presented without violating someones rights. As it has been amended it is appropriate. If someone is actually arrested and cannot provide proof of citizenship they face deportation. For those in the hispanic population that obey the law they have nothing to worry about if it is enforced as it is written. They can walk down the street and have no fear of being stopped by the police. Everyone deserves a chance at a better life, but must obey the laws as well as pay taxes in order to receive the benefits of living here just as everyone born here has to. There is a way for us all to live together and address those individuals that truly cause the problems. Those people being the criminals, regardless of their nationality.

    May 3, 2010 at 1:50 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Uh Carson what do you mean largest cultural group? DO you mean that there are more illegal aliens than US citizens? Do you just make this stuff up for your own agenda? Over 70% of those born here do not agree this is our country and only ask that they obey the law just as the rest of us. before we required to take a passport by our Gov I took one every trip the Mexico just so I would be obeying the law the land and here you say that well since you ran across the border there is no need for you to obey our laws. This is some twisted logic since no one is personally being singled out in a state that has become lawless due to illegal immigration and drug transportation from a pourus border you need to get a clue and since you don’t live in Arizona don’t tell them that it is not that bad!

    May 3, 2010 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Willie12345

    Anyone that encourages others to break the law or supports law breakers isn't worth a hill of beans. He should be removed from office.

    May 3, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Erica

    @galaxyj: What are referring to is profiling; it doesn't matter what adjective you use to describe it. Ethnic, racial... it's profiling either way, and in both cases, it is a morally incorrect thing to do.

    May 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chris.p

    I thinks it's pretty straight forward about "profiling" as some protesters label it.
    Arizona borders Mexico, illegal Mexicans are corossing the borders, all illegally and some violently via the drup catrels from Mexico.
    If that is the truth, which it is last time I checked the news over the last ten years, who exactly are we supposed to look for to try and stop this? Asian Americans? African Americans? Nothern Europeans? Come on people...
    The point is that laws were broken, whomever is at fault and they continue to be broken, fix this first then commit to new laws.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. chris.p

    I thinks it's pretty straight forward about "profiling" as some protesters label it.
    Arizona borders Mexico, illegal Mexicans are corossing the borders, all illegally and some violently via the drup catrels from Mexico.
    If that is the truth, which it is last time I checked the news over the last ten years, who exactly are we supposed to look for to try and stop this? Asian Americans? African Americans? Nothern Europeans? Come on people...
    The point is that laws were broken, whomever is at fault and they continue to be broken, fix this first then commit to new laws.to help stop this.

    May 3, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kobeight

    Please stop these callous remarks about how "if you're not illegal, you won't have anything to worry about", and attacks on Rep. Gutierrez right to protest! The Arizona law has not made it clear how it will not profile people of "brown/olive colored skin", and that it is making it's own laws on governing our borders as a state not as a nation. I applaude latinos making peaceful non-violent demonstrations. THIS WILL BE OUR STRUGGLE, TO FIGHT FOR OUR HUMAN RIGHTS, FOR OUR HELPLESS BROTHERS AND SISTERS. AS HISTORY WILL PROVE, NON-VIOLENT PEACEFUL DEMONSTRATIONS WILL PREVAIL AGAINST THE RACISM THIS COUNTRY IS PLAGUED WITH. YEARS FROM NOW, THESE SAME WHITE BIGOTS WILL HOPEFULY FEEL SOME SHAME, AT POINTING AND BLAMING THE PROBLEMS OF THIS COUNTRY AGAINST THE HELPLESS. WHEN YOU MEET YOUR CREATOR, EXPECT THE SAME JUDGEMENT AS THE RICHMAN WHO DIDN'T LIFT A FINGER TO HELP LAZURUS. – – "AND THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH".

    May 3, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Geo

    they shouldnt protest to the american government for passing this law. they should protest to the mexican government because its thier fault mexicans flee their own country to look for a better life.
    Im Mexican and im not mad at the government im mad at the mexican government for being so corrupt that their own people migrate to the US

    May 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. AMALGAMATE

    How is it profiling when 95% of the illegal criminals are latino? thats doesnt make any sense...

    May 3, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doug

    Interesting, that people are declared racist for wanting a secure border and having illegal's obey the law. My grandparents were legal immigrents, so were my wifes (she's a minority). They raise hue and cry because thier rights are violated at the same time saying our laws can be ignored when it suits them and you are oppressing them for requireing them to obey the law. The sole reason the current administration fails to do anything about the problem and their solution is a blanket amnesty is that they see the illegals as a potential voters bloc to keep them in power,

    May 3, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ray

    It's sad how we treat one another. Latino's are just trying to make a better life for themselves and their families. Their own country is so screwed up how can you blame them.

    May 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
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